Medical Preparedness and Response for Bombing Incidents (MPRBI)

Overview: This course will equip pre-hospital and hospital medical personnel with the skills needed to deliver and sustain a safe and effective response to bombing incidents. Utilization of case studies as well as tabletop exercise will reinforce course material.
This Course will enable participants to:
– Identify terrorist targets
– Understand explosives and characteristics
– Identify pre-attack indicators associated with bombing incidents
– Recognize bombing incident-related injury patterns and treatment

This course will be held:
Northwest Hospital
5401 Old Court Road
Randallstown (Baltimore County), MD 21133
2016 January 13 – 14
08:00 – 17:00 (Both Days)
Registration 07:00 – 08:00

Registration will begin in October 2015. Download Flyer here.

First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents

Recent improvised explosive device (IED) and active shooter incidents reveal that some traditional practices of first responders need to be realigned and enhanced—with an emphasis on early hemorrhage control and a more integrated response by first responders (i.e., emergency medical services [EMS], fire, law enforcement, and rescue personnel)—to improve survivability of victims and the safety of first responders caring for them.1 At the request of first responders and first receivers (e.g., medical technicians, nurses, and physicians) who have encountered mass casualties from IEDs and/or active shooter incidents, this document was developed to provide guidance on how to better approach these incidents. Responders should also consider the combination of both IEDs and active shooter incidents in an organized, complex attack (such as the Mumbai attacks in 2008) that requires both treatment and extraction of the injured from a still-hostile environment. The conditions during such tactical assaults in a civilian setting speak to the need for first responders and first receivers to adopt evidence-based hemorrhage control, risk evaluation, and casualty management measures in a potentially dangerous environment. As a result of these developments, the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Security Staff, has developed recommendations for individuals who provide emergent and immediate medical management of casualties resulting from IEDs and/or active shooter incidents. Based on best practices and lessons learned, this document focuses on the medical response to IEDs and/or active shooter incidents with recommendations for hemorrhage control, protective equipment (which includes ballistic vests, helmets, and eyewear), and response and incident management.

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Are We Preparing for the Wrong Threats? (Firehouse Magazine online article)

“Despite what some “pundits” may pronounce in print, video or on talk shows, jihadists tend to do what they know best. Looking at the full spectrum of attacks, both domestic and foreign, the pattern is very clear. We can prepare for a full spectrum CBERN attack, or we can prepare for what is most likely going to happen.

What’s most likely to occur is a gun, bomb or incendiary attack, or a combination of those.”

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